ATL opens Visitor Information Center

Filed in News by on January 29, 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport leaders, along with dignitaries from the City and State, officially opened the doors to Georgia’s newest Visitor Information Center at ATL with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

The state-of-the-art center – the first of its kind at an airport in Georgia – marks the culmination of three years of planning and development to provide visitors coming to or through the world’s busiest airport with travel information, including regional and state destinations for dining, shopping and sightseeing.

The VIC represents a partnership between the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism’s division.

“Even though each day we focus on safe and secure operations at Hartsfield-Jackson, our main purpose as an Airport is to serve as the city’s and the state’s chief tool for economic development,” Airport General Manager Miguel Southwell told a crowd of nearly 100 guests outside the VIC. “Today’s event is a key step in further strengthening our partnership with the two organizations that are the leading organizations for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia.”

Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, called it “a great day for Georgia tourism.”

Langston noted that the industry draws millions of visitors every year, generating a $57.1 billion economic windfall for Georgia and employing more than 426,000 residents. The new center merely extends its reach.

“Much like our Airport,” he said, “Georgia’s 11, now 12, official state visitor information centers provide a friendly face and a warm welcome to the more than 13 million visitors who visit our centers each year.”

The custom-designed, 1,200-square-foot facility will offer traveler-friendly hours, including evenings. The center is situated at the top of the arrival escalators, a location that is both convenient and accessible to visitors arriving to Atlanta as well as locals waiting to pick up their guests.

Beyond travel brochures, state travel guides and travel tips, the center boasts the latest technology, with an up-to-the-minute information feed and massive flat-screen televisions displaying images of some of the region’s most picturesque scenes.

“If you think the TV you’re going to watch the Super Bowl on in a couple of weeks is great, wait till you see this TV,” said William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “You almost feel like you’re in the city. It’s going to provide an immersive experience for our visitors.”

Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed, first lady of the City of Atlanta, said given the region’s numerous attractions, along with the many companies and residents relocating to Atlanta, “it’s only fitting that we have an amazing visitor center that is really our visitors’ gateway to the city.”

City and State officials ushering in Georgia’s newest Visitor Information Center were, from left, William Pate, president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau; Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed, first lady of the City of Atlanta; and Miguel Southwell, airport general manager.

City and State officials ushering in Georgia’s newest Visitor Information Center are, from left, William Pate, president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau; Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed, first lady of the City of Atlanta; and Miguel Southwell, airport general manager. Photos by Melissa Bugg with http://www.decisivemomentevents.com/

“Today’s event is a key step in further strengthening our partnership with the two organizations that are the leading organizations for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia," Aviation General Manager Miguel Southwell told a crowd of nearly 100 guests outside the VIC.

“Today’s event is a key step in further strengthening our partnership with the two organizations that are the leading organizations for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia,” Airport General Manager Miguel Southwell says.

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